Annemarie Potts

Social Studies Teacher

Houston ISD

“I teach AP US History and Regular US History to low income, mostly Hispanic students.”

MY WORK LIFE:

Social Studies Teacher

foundation interest 1 interest 2

My work allows me to combine the foundation of TEACHING / MENTORING and the interests of EDUCATION and NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

I sign in to the front office at 6:45, say hi to the secretaries who get there at 6, and open my classroom. In setting up my class, I check my powerpoint, print the agenda and learning target required by my admin, and then the day starts. Always on my feet, I lecture, ask and answer questions, check homework, reward positive behavior and learning gains, and talk to those who don't. I sign out at 6 and head home to grade and lesson plan while watching my favorite TV show until 9, then zzzzzz.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

To be a successful teacher, you need two skills - flexibility and perseverance. In every class moment, you need to be able to react to the needs and questions of your students. Even if your plan is to do XYZ, you need to be prepared to throw that lesson away if it doesn't work to find something that does. Teaching also requires a large amount of perseverance to get through those days where you've been cursed out by a student, your lesson crashed, and the administration needs something done NOW!

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Social Studies Teacher

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - Social Science Teacher Education

What I studied STRONGLY RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School - Winter Park High School
  • Undergraduate - University of Central Florida, Social Science Teacher Education

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN HIGH SCHOOL

If you want to be a teacher and you are in high school, interview the happiest and the least happy teachers on your school campus. Interview your administration, even your deans or assistant principals. Ask them why they are at the school, what they love about their jobs, what they hate about their jobs, and advice they would give to someone who wants to be a teacher. Don't go into teaching without knowing what it is like! THEN, find the best universities that have education programs and GO!

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